May 1st, 2010
11:11 AM ET
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'Enough is enough,' Republican says of Dems' agenda

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan, used this week's Republican internet and radio address to slam several initiatives championed by President Obama and congressional Democrats - including the recently passed health care law, the $800 billion stimulus package, and the financial regulatory reform bill currently under consideration by the Senate.

(Read Hoekstra's complete remarks after the jump)

Remarks of Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Michigan
Weekly Republican Address
May 1, 2010

“Hi – I’m Congressman Pete Hoekstra from Michigan. Today, President Obama will deliver the commencement address at the University of Michigan, my alma mater. This is a moment filled with optimism and pride – for both the graduates and their families. I join with Michiganders across the state in welcoming President Obama to our home.

“We also welcome the opportunity to show the President – first hand – the painful plight of the people of Michigan. Like countless Americans, they face fewer jobs and fewer opportunities today than when he took office. The Democrats have run Congress since 2007, and yet when the residents of Michigan and across America ask themselves are they better off now than they were four years ago, the answer is – inevitably – ‘no.’

“The problem is worst among our young people. Many of the graduates President Obama will address will soon learn first-hand how tough it is to find a job in this economy. In fact, the share of young Americans out of work – 37 percent, to be exact – is the highest it’s been in more than 50 years.

“Americans are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ Washington’s answer, ‘trust us,’ rings as hollow today as it did a year ago, and a year before that. In Michigan and in Washington, sprawling government expansion has weighed heavily on the backs of people already pushed to the breaking point.

“Enough is enough. We simply can’t go on like this. That’s why Republicans have proposed smart, common-sense solutions to create jobs, reduce spending, and clear the way for American opportunity and ingenuity to lead us to a better future.

“But Democrats in Washington have repeatedly chosen to go it alone with their partisan, big-government, tax-borrow-and-spend agenda. We saw it with the economic stimulus spending, the-cap and-trade bill, with health care, and we’re now seeing it again with the bailout bill President Obama and Democrats are trying to rush through Congress.

“The American people have spoken loud and clear: They’ve told us ‘No more bailouts. Never again.’ We’ve heard you, and that’s why Republicans have been working in good faith to guarantee this legislation would protect taxpayers from being forced to bail out Wall Street banks yet again.

“Of course, we’ve seen this tired partisan playbook from Washington Democrats before: it’s exactly how a trillion-dollar government takeover of health care that Americans strongly opposed became the law of the land.

“An Obama Administration report released last week says that under the new health care law, national health care costs will increase – increase – by $311 billion over the next 10 years. A month ago, they said it would lower costs. Today, they admit it will increase costs. Why didn’t the American people get the real truth before the bill was passed?

“Need another example? Remember how President Obama pledged that his trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ would create jobs immediately and keep unemployment below eight percent? Well, our economy has lost millions of jobs since then and unemployment is near double-digits nationwide – and above 14 percent here in Michigan.

“The one thing the American people wanted out of the ‘stimulus’ was jobs – it didn’t happen.

“The one thing the American people wanted out of health care reform was lower costs – it didn’t happen.

“The American people want financial reforms that end the bailouts, don’t kill jobs, and address the root causes of the financial crisis. But do you think we can trust Washington to deliver?

“The House passed a bill that makes the bailouts permanent, and the Senate bill kills jobs, hurts small businesses on Main Street, and does nothing to address the government mortgage companies that caused the meltdown by giving too many high-risk loans to people who couldn’t afford it.

“Republicans are standing with the American people and the people of Michigan by fighting for an end to permanent bailouts, ending wasteful Washington spending, and proposing a plan that would address the root causes of the financial crisis. We are standing for real solutions.

“Today’s graduates at the University of Michigan are looking for the economic freedom and opportunity of every previous American generation. Let’s give it to them.

“Thanks for listening.”

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soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. lrkr

    This speech by Hoekstra didn't fill a football stadium to capacity.

    May 1, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Ted van Tol

    Hoekstra is a Dutchman from origine.
    On the healthcareissue he was asked by a Dutch journalist what is wrong with the healthcare in the Netherlands (public option and health care for everyone). The only thing he could answer was: "we love freedom". But what kind of freedom you have when you cannot get acces to any kind of healthcare?
    And his remark about the lost of jobs I shoud say: don't blame Barack Obama for the desasteres policys of the Republican President Bush.

    May 1, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Steve

    And it would have been nice if the GOP had helped the American people instead of starting two long lasting wars, wrecking the economy, and putting us hugely in the red. Eight years the GOP was in power to provide help, and we got nothing. The Dems are at least trying to find options and implement fixes. You can participate or just continue to say no. Dems got us a better economy, more jobs coming, health care, and more to come. Yes, it costs but that never stopped the GOP either. Help fix it or go away.

    May 1, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Marry

    If it weren’t so sad, it would be funny! The GOP has gotten so used to distortion and misrepresentation of what the administration is doing, they telling their story with strait faces. The GOP is green with envy, seeing a president that can work with Congress and Senate on more than just one thing at a time and changing the status quo. If you look at it, the list of things that the previous administration did not do for the people is amerce long. Of cause they were busy going to wars and putting young Americans in harm’s way and at the same time making their friends rich and running the country into the ground. Well, yes, it does take a lot of good work to bring the country back – and it is working! Very well, thank you.

    May 1, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Mark

    Enough is Enough?

    As in enough stalling?

    Enough acting like 3 year olds throwing a tantrum in a super market because you can't set the agenda?

    Enough with taking contributions from bankers to look the other way while they financially raped everyone they could get their hands on?

    To me the first two fit the Republicans and the last one fits all of Congress and our last President. If ever you have a chance to find a banker or Congressman in need of your service; politely refuse.

    They deserve to be shunned.

    May 1, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Brian Steele

    The GOP is the party of NO. Thier True Colors (are) Shinning Through...

    May 1, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. John

    If there is one thing Republicans are good at it is spinning the facts. Pete Hoekstra knows better than most that what he is claiming is not true. He is trying to blame thirty years of republican disasters on the present administration. Anyone who has been awake through those years saw how big business using the Republican party destroyed the American middle class. Breaking unions driving wages down to poverty levels and shippings millions of jobs overseas. And if that waswn't enough deregulating the financial industry as well and many others to allow the rich to take advantage of the rest of us.

    May 1, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. sanitycheck

    Ha! Suck it Hoekstra! We're not doing things the Republican way anymore. We don't want you're kind governing our state or country ever again. That's coming from a Michigander. I will be voting you out of office!

    May 1, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Bob Bock

    The American people want politicians that work for them not big business. The republican party doesn't care about that. They still work for the banks and big pharma .... Though the dems work for RIAA and the MPAA so that isn't good either.

    May 1, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    Who is this Hoekstra to say "no more bailouts" as if Obama has not said that 100 times.
    If only the sorry and miserable and totally frustrated GOP could get their act together and stop saying "the american people" as if
    they were backed up by them.
    They are not (except Palin, Limbaugh and the other intellectual

    May 1, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. cel

    Same old party of NO those Republi-Cons. Afraid someone will benefit besides wealthy white folks.

    May 1, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Betty

    It's the GOP that we're all tired of. Their antics have gone far enough.

    May 1, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. normajean

    It becomes more and more obvious that the only working part of anyRepub. is the mouth. Just what has the Republican party done in the last two years but fight over anything that the President has done to improve conditions over the mess he started his term with left over from the Repub. administration?NOTHING but mouth off. This person from Michigan talks as if the only state in the union is his. Sorry, but there are states that have been hit a lot harder. He says can "we trust Washington to deliver?" Not if it's left to the repubs.Left up to them, there are millions of people right this minute who would have no hope of health care,no hope for a new job, no hope to save their homes. At least someone is fighting for these things and it's not the repubs.

    May 1, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Jonathan Davis

    The Congressman subtracts 2007 from 2010 and comes up with 4 years. If he can't do the most elementary math you have to wonder about his grasp of numbers in the billions.

    May 1, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Rick Of PA

    I really can't believe what I am reading. First of all the bailouts and the Stimulus Package had to be initiated because of the financial disaster of eight years of the Bush/Cheney Administration. Then he speaks of Financial Reform when it was an all Republican members attempting to block the beginning of financial reform. As far as the Health Care Bill, it was just enacted and many portions of it don't kick in until later dates – so how can anyone critisize the fact that it hasn't saved any monies yet. The current financial reform bill DOES NOT make the bailouts permanent and DOES NOT use taxpayer monies. This guy is simply talking through his hat!

    May 1, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. lontron9

    ARE YOU SERIOUS? Mitch McConnell backtracked after even HE realized that LYING to the American people about this "bailout" business in the bill. When are these numbskulls gonna get it through their heads that the bill does not insure banks with tax payers money??? This guy is obviously lying for political gain. I hope the GOP sinks in 2010.

    May 1, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. DNA

    It was RICH REPUBLICANS who got bailed out. If anything, I've had "enough" of republican whining about about how someone else had to fix the huge mess THEY made.

    May 1, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Dave

    Wow, Hoekstra blaming Democrats for everything since 2007. Right, Dems did take control of Congress, but the White House was still in the Bush/Cheney Dark Ages. Come on now, Hoekstra, try to find that one honest bone in you body and realize things are getting better using every objective measure. Don't be afraid of change, embrace it!

    May 1, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Brad

    When you represent the people, rather than corporate interests, it will never be enough! We will never let the repubs destroy this great country. It is finally being run by people who actually care about what happens and it has all the conservatives scurrying like cock roaches. It is great to see! Finally!

    May 1, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Victor Hayes

    Do you wan't "Yes We Can" or "No We Can't." What jobs have you brought to Michigan since your election! Congressman Hoeskstra. Did the State of Michigan send back it's stimulus money? You and people you represent are a hypocrites. There was a time when your State of Michigan was known for building things, but lately all I hear from people like you and those you represent is that the government is the root cause of your problems. Without the government bailout of the auto industry which is a major industry in the State of Michigan you "IDIOT" and those you represent will be placing foreclosure signs on everything you own. Since the goal of the Republican party is to do "nothing" I think you should sit down and shut up and let the President lead because he seems to care more about the State of Michigan than you, Congressman Hoeskstra.

    May 1, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |

    But Congressman Hoekstra...
    Surely you know that when President Obama took over from President Bush we were losing 500,000 to 600,000 jobs a month. Just over a year later we added over 100,000 jobs last month. When President Obama took over from President Bush the economy was in free fall and some thought we were going to have another Great Depression. Now just over a year later we have had 2 consecutive quarters of economic growth. President Obama has helped accomplish this in just over 13 months on the job. Not to mention the stock market is up over 60% in the last 13 months. And your solution is to provide cover for your friends on Wall Street and apparently to elect more Republicans of the ilk that got us in to the mess the President is guiding us out of . Surely you don't really believe that. Surely you are just trying to manipulate people with your distortions to regain power. Surely you know this is true.

    May 1, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Mark

    So if they have a plan for new jobs, then tell us what it is!!!! Common sense doesn't mean voting no all the time, I would love to see what the GOP has in mind, but I don't see a plan. What is that plan I ask?

    May 1, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. daniel lee scott

    what a croc,pete cares about,his illegal aliens,who care for his property ,his gated closed culdesac,repubs hire illegals,cheap labor,greed greed greed

    May 1, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. mike

    I guess it is too much for your brain, lets be a republican and not
    do anything only once in blue moon you will throw a bone to the
    voters come election time to keep them voting for you isn't about
    time we get a better bang for our buck and see you work for a living
    just like the rest of us and start passing bills that mean something
    and not care about big business that line your pockets

    May 1, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. James Joseph

    I am so tired of elected GOP officials and media blowhards complaining about the Obama agenda. The current administration has no choice but to dedicate itself to unscrew what the last administration screwed up. The GOP is the guy who sets fire to the neighborhood and then complains about how it's being put out.

    May 1, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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